Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father's shadow to become Democratic Republic of Congo's next president.
Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is heading to Belgium for medical treatment - just as his party is trying to negotiate a power-sharing deal following President Laurent Kabila's refusal to step down.
The second largest country in Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo is blessed with oil, timber, diamonds and gold but cursed with violence, instability, graft and poverty.
The UN mission in the DRC is bracing for violence ahead of the official end of President Joseph Kabila's term on December 20, amid moves to extend the leader's mandate.
Police in Democratic Republic of Congo have detained four youth leaders on the eve of a planned protest against President Joseph Kabila, says the main opposition coalition.
Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata has resigned to make way for an opposition figure to take his place following a controversial deal that effectively extends the president's term in office.
A rights group urged the DRC government to guarantee people's right to protest, highlighting mounting tension ahead of next year's presidential elections.
The head of Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission says it is not possible to organize presidential elections by the end of this year.
The Catholic bishop behind a key political deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo has appealed for support at the UN Security Council as a top UN official warned of potential pitfalls for the accord.
Soldiers have sealed part of DRC's second city and carried out mass arrests of young men, residents say, as talks to defuse the country's explosive political crisis continue.
Unesco's director-general Irina Bokova has urged authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring the murderers of a television journalist to justice.
The DRC's state mining firm has signed away the royalties from the country's most lucrative mining project to a company owned by a close friend of President Joseph Kabila, Global Witness says.
DRC opposition has expressed confidence in the upcoming visit by the United Nations officials, saying it will encourage talks between the government and opposition parties.
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